The Beat Podcasts! – SDCC ’14 Day 1: Eric Powell & Richard Starkings

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Tweet Live from San Diego Comic Con, it’s More To Come! Publishers Weekly’s podcast of comics news, interviews and discussion with Calvin Reid, Kate Fitzsimons and The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In day one of our special San Diego Comic Con 2014 coverage, Heidi interviews Eric Powell – artist/writer creator of The Goon – about […]

Why Comic Anthologies Find So Much Success on Kickstarter

TweetBy Matt O’Keefe I’m Matt O’Keefe, a writer for The Beat, and I have written about a lot of Kickstarters. Crowdfunding is a really fascinating subject in the comic book industry, playing a significant role in publishing and marketing as it produces its share of wild successes and abject failures. Comics are a little different from every other category on […]

KICKSTARTER POWER HOUR: Jump on the Todd Allen Train

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TweetTodd Allen – you know, the guy from this very website? – is taking his first project to Kickstarter. And true to form, not only will he be running the Kickstarter campaign himself… he’ll also be blogging about it. This is ‘The Economics of Digital Comics’.

KICKSTARTER POWER HOUR: Girls With Slingshots Goes On Tour

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TweetDanielle Corsetto’s Girls with Slingshots webcomic has been a decade-long success, collected into 7 print editions over the years and amassing a huge audience around the world. So to celebrate, she’s chosen to go on a road trip across America, meeting fans and taking part in signings.

KICKSTARTER POWER HOUR: Vera Greentea’s ‘Recipes for the Dead’

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TweetVera Greentea is back once more for a seventh shot at Kickstarter, having enjoyed success with every single one of her last campaigns. And she’s returning with Allison Strom once more for a third issue of her series ‘Recipes of the Dead’.

Kickstarter Power Hour: Albert the Alien by Trevor Mueller and Gabriel Bautista Jr

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TweetWe round out this Kickstarter Power Hour with a Thrillbent series which’ll be coming to print if it makes the Kickstarter goal. Written by Trevor Mueller and drawn by Gabriel Bautista Jr, Albert the Alien is an all-ages graphic novel looking for $8000 to make funding.

Kickstarter Power Hour: #ResistComics

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TweetFrom editor Can Yalcinkaya comes an anthology of stories from upcoming and established Turkish creators, following the story of the 2013 Uprising in Turkey. Focusing on the side of the Turkish resistance, this is a collection of books which develops and establishes Turkish culture and society for an international audience – a political book which is […]

Kickstarter Power Hour: ‘The Leg’ by Van Jensen and Jose Pimienta

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TweetThe power of the Kickstarter Power Hour is that you never know when it’ll happen! And here we are, bank holiday Monday, with a whole load of new and exciting crowdfunding projects to tell you about. Let’s start with a just-funded book from the creative team of Van Jensen and Jose Pimienta, ‘The Leg’.

Kickstarter Power Hour: Strangebeard, Vol 1

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TweetWe round out the Kickstarter Power Hour with a look at the story of the world’s greatest pirate – who also happens to be a twelve year old girl.

Kickstarter Power Hour: Modern Times

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TweetLet’s continue this power hour of Kickstarting comics by turning to Modern Times, a new publication looking to mix journalism, comics, and photography.

Kickstarter Power Hour: Strong Female Protagonist

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TweetThe webcomic series Strong Female Protagonist has a Kickstarter running to take the series to print, and has already crushed the original target funding harder than Godzilla stamping on innocent civilians. From the creative team of Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag, the funding for the project is currently somewhere above the $20000 range, after […]

Kickstarter Power Hour: Toe Tag Riot

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TweetLet’s spend an hour showcasing some of the excellent-looking comic Kickstarters which are currently underway, eh? Recent statistics suggest that the success rate for comic book Kickstarter campaigns is somewhere around 50%, meaning that this medium is the most successful on the site. Go comic fans! Now let’s push that even higher by supporting some […]

Amy Chu Kickstarts a Third Volume of ‘Girls Night Out’ [Interview]

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TweetFor the last several years, writer Amy Chu has been a familiar face at comic conventions around the World – just last year I bumped into her at Thought Bubble! Among other things a contributor to The Beat, Amy is perhaps best known for her self-published anthology comics ‘Girls Night Out’, which have so far […]

Rachael Smith on House Party: “I’d Like to Answer this Question in the Form of a Play” [Interview]

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TweetThe British comics scene is in one of the healthiest places it’s ever been right now, with new projects coming from all angles, and new creators breaking onto the scene. Among them is Rachael Smith, who came to attention last year after publishing a series of mini-comics including How We Write, and I Am Fire. […]

Jules Rivera: “Why do they Never Show the Poor Magic Schools?” [Interview]

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TweetIt might be all well and good for Harry Potter and his inherited money and fancy scholarship-based schooling in a Scottish castle, but stories about young magic-users rarely seems to ever look beyond that. We always seem to end up reading about Chosen Ones, rather than stories which look beyond prophecies and epic fates. For […]

Lela Gwenn on Born Dark: “Everyone is the Hero of Their Own Story” [Interview]

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TweetGoblins don’t get the respect they deserve, do they? They’re twisted creatures of malicious intent, born of dark magic and with creepy pointed ears – but nobody ever gives them their due as servants of evil. Not so writer Lela Gwenn, however! Lela has taken to Kickstarter to help fund a prologue issue for a […]